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On this section of the Darrick Wood website, we aim to provide guidance for all parents of children with an identified or diagnosed (SEND) need. During these very uncertain times, we hope to provide advice and guidance that will be useful to you and your family, on how to manage not only the academic learning at home, but also develop emotional literacy and social skills too.

Please click this link for a full list of the resources sourced via a collaboration with Bromley schools and the London Borough of Bromley.

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Academic Learning

A visual timetable

This is a very useful tool to help your child look at what they must do during the day, giving them a reassuring routine. See below for one that you could follow, it has a variety of learning ideas.

A cut and stick version is also available via this link.

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Daily activities

Timings are very important. The school expectation is for a lesson to last around 30/40 minutes. A child with an identified or diagnosed need may struggle with this. We are asking some pupils to try to complete work that is within their capability, to be decided by you as their parent/carer. If they are finding home learning a challenge, we have also included resources and websites that offer alternative learning pathways (please see below). Some students may choose concentrate on the core offering (focusing on their literacy and numeracy, for example), whilst others may be inclined to do other subjects.

Incentives - children need goals or targets, but also some recognition when effort has been made. This could be as simple as contacting school with the work they have completed for that subject and possibly gain Class Chart rewards. Another idea is using a star chart (a printable one is provided in the visual timetable pack above), where you can circle the stars as they earn them.

Below are some ideas to help manage a learning task at home:

Useful things for children to have when studying:

Try to do things that you both feel confident with. Do let us know about any enjoyable learning, experiences or activities you have done – we would love to hear!

If you or your child is struggling with work sent home, try these alternatives:

As a parent or carer, if you choose to set work outside what a teacher has set, please don’t expect that work to be marked or feedback given from DWS staff. This is in respect of teacher workload.

Wellbeing

Parents and Carers, it is important that you all stay emotionally well. On this link are some top tips on how to take care of you and your family in this unprecedented time. Click the link to find places you can contact if you feel you need further help to manage in your home.

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If your child has autism, in this link are some social stories that will help reassure them. Try to read these with them every day. Attached are also bits and pieces from our Speech and Language Therapist about expressive and receptive language skills but also social communication issues that may arise.

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If your child has become anxious or withdrawn and is causing concern, try to encourage them to find a way to communicate their feelings. This may be in the form of a diary, scrapbook or artwork. Your child may also be exhibiting more challenging behaviours, which is a way of communicating their anxieties, worries or fears. Please find in the linked folder, activities to help your child better understand and reflect upon their behaviours, and build skills to help manage on a daily basis.

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Some emotional literacy activities are on the link below. If you need anything further, please do not hesitate to make contact via senco@darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk

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Darrick Wood School would like to thank the London Borough of Bromley for collaborating with schools in the area to help compile this list (N.B. these sites are not endorsed by LBB nor DWS). We are always looking to develop our offering. If we have missed or overlooked something, please get in touch and let us know. Please contact us on the SENCo email senco@darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk if you would like us to add or clarify anything.

Wishing you happy, healthy homes!